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Carlo Segre


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I can answer most questions about studying physics in college and graduate school; questions about condensed matter physics; x-ray physics; synchrotron radiation; and general and modern physics. I can also answer questions about careers in academia.

Experience in the area

Professor of physics for 30 years at Illinois Institute of Technology. Academic adviser for undergraduates and graduate students. I have served on university promotion and tenure committees, search committees for Deans and Department Chairs. I have also been an Associate Department Chair and an Associate Dean. I have 34 years experience in materials science research and I have been responsible for building and now managing a User facility at the Advanced Photon Source.


American Physical Society
Sigma Xi
American Chemical Society
American Associate for the Advancement of Science
International Centre for Diffraction Data (Fellow)
International X-ray Absorption Society


Nature; Physical Review Letters; Physical Review; Applied Physics Letters; Journal of Physical Chemistry; Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials; Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics; Solid State Communications; Physics Letters; Journal of Low Temperature Physics; Journal of Crystal Growth and Design; Physics Letters; Journal of Applied Physics; Journal of Archaeological Science; Physica C; Corrosion Science; Electrochimica Acta; Journal of Nuclear Materials


Ph.D. Physics, 1981 - University of California, San Diego
M.S. Physics, 1977 - University of California, San Diego
B.S. Physics, 1976 - University of illinois, Champaign-Urbana
B.S. Chemistry 1976 - University of illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Awards and Honors

Duchossois Leadership Professor of Physics, IIT Fellow, International Center for Diffraction Data

What do you like about this subject?

Physics, and science in general has been a lifelong passion for me. I particularly enjoy understanding how Nature works and how to describe it.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

There are always new things to learn in science and specifically new, young scientists to mentor. I especially enjoy working with students at all levels, undergraduates to graduate students.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Physics is an excellent starting point for many different careers. What you learn as a physicist translates to many disciplines and careers.

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Recent Answers from Carlo Segre

2016-01-25 Antimatter Propulsion Careers:

Hi Shikhin:    I took a look at the Positron Dynamics web site.  Pretty sparse...    Yes, of course we know how to create positrons but at the moment, the cost is certainly prohibitive to do so and then

2016-01-24 Antimatter Propulsion Careers:

Hi Shikhin:    I am afraid that I have to tell you that antimatter propulsion is merely a science fiction concept at this time.  Our world is made of matter and it costs a lot of energy and money to make

2015-11-13 Career advice:

Hi Ira:    You might want to look at Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering.  These two fields are heavily involved in this aspect of physics.  Of course Newton's Laws are simply the underpinnings of more

2015-11-12 The theory of the acceleration of moving objects:

Your description is a bit vague and you will find that if you write it down accurately and recast it in terms of free body diagrams, that there is no effect such as you postulate.  Newtonian mechanics

2015-10-25 Astrophysics and nuclear physics:

Hi Praveen:    I suggest that you start by studying Physics as an undergraduate in India and find a university that has a 4-year Bachelor's degree or take a 3-year degree plus a Masters degree in physics


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